Title: Under The Knife
Author Name & Publisher: Laurin Kelly (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2016 – 335 pgs
Season three of TV’s hottest cooking competition, Under the Knife, is gearing up, and Nate is equal parts excited and terrified that he’s one of the twelve competitors. But the prize is a quarter of a million dollars, and that’s worth a few weeks of being stressed and afraid.
It may not, however, be worth weeks of putting up with Zachary, the cold, snotty competitor who definitely thinks he’s better than everyone else. The man can cook, and he’s the hottest man Nate has ever seen, but every time he opens his mouth Nate hates him all over again.
He came here to be driven crazy trying to prove he’s the best chef in the world, but if Nate can’t learn to block Zachary out it won’t be the competition that pushes him to the breaking point.
This was such an awesome book. Two men who should never come together because they are total opposites personality wise, different in the way they was raised, and also because they are competing against one another beat the odds and find what truly matters more then winning a competition and money,,,,,each other.
Nate in my opinion is a well rounded individual. He acts as if he has his head on his shoulders firmly and even when he is upset, he rarely takes the bait. He has empathy for others even when they may not deserve it and he tried to not think negatively of others around him. Even when Zachary acted as if he had he nose stuck up in the air Nate knew he was still attracted to him.
Zach acts as if he is the most confident chef there is in the game but I think behind all that confidence is someone who is scared to fail. I think that he is confident to an extent but where he lacks his confidence he hides it behind smart retorts and snarkiness. But once he opens himself of to Nate everything changes for Zachary. He becomes that chef that he wanted to be and he finally allows himself to be happy and find love.
As I said these two should not have ended up together if for no other reason because of the high level of stress in the competition against one another but I think both realized that no matter if one or the other or someone else all together wins the competition that they have already one. They found each other. Now they just have to not let the competition come between them which is the true challenge they both face.
I truly enjoyed this read and hope others do also.
40+ wife and mother, who penned her first original novel, Under The Knife in 2013.
I enjoy writing m/m romantic contemporary fiction that features rich characterization and plenty of plotty smut.
My passions in addition to writing are cooking and dance.